In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki from Bainbridge Island, Washington is disgusted when he’s forced to become pen pals with Charlie Lévy of Paris, France—a girl. He thought she was a boy. In spite of Alex’s reluctance, their letters continue to fly across the Atlantic—and along with them, the shared hopes and dreams of friendship. Until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the growing Nazi persecution of Jews force them to confront the darkest aspects of human nature.
From the desolation of an internment camp on the plains of Manzanar to the horrors of Auschwitz and the devastation of European battlefields, the only thing they can hold onto are the memories of their letters. But nothing can dispel the light between them.
“Fukuda artfully conveys Alex's inner turmoil and paints visceral combat scenes . . . An intriguing premise and fascinating tale.”—Kirkus Reviews
18 March 1935
Dear Alex Maki,
Hello! My name is Charlie Lévy. I am your new “pen pal” in France. Nice to meet you!
You are in America! Ouah, so far away! Last week Mme Dubois say to...